South Africans Pray For Nelson Mandela As His Condition Improves


Messages of honor and support are written on the wall around a... News PhotoFormer,Geographical Locations,Honor,Human Interest,Johannesburg,Message,Nelson Mandela,Photograph,Politics,South Africa,Soweto,VerticalPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesJOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 31: Messages of honor and support are written on the wall around a photograph of former South African President Nelson Mandela at Regina Mundi Catholic Church in the Soweto area March 31, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. A central gathering place during he anti-apartheid struggle, the church held prayers for Mandela, 94, who is in the hospital for the third time since December with lung problems. Referring to Mandela by clan name, Madiba, President Jacob Zuma said, 'We appeal to the people of South Africa and the world to pray for our beloved Madiba and his family and to keep them in their thoughts.' Mandela's lungs were damaged when he contracted tuberculosis during his 27 years in the infamous Robben Island prison. Mandela became the nation's first democratically elected president in 1994 following the end of apartheid. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)